Blues Rhythm Guitar Lesson

Ready to learn some blues? This is a traditional form that you would hear in Freddy King or Eric Clapton songs. This is a Blues Rhythm Guitar lesson. When you complete this lesson, your going to be playing like some of the great blues man.

In this Blues rhythm guitar lesson your going to learn: Blues rhythm. The dominant 7 chords that are in the song. How to play the chords. Chord diagrams & how to read them. Get the Blues rhythm Tab. You will also learn the Blues rhythm riff to this Blues rhythm. And learn the chord progression. Included is a blues Rhythm Video tutorial.

So if you are ready to learn this blues Rhythm guitar lesson. Grab your guitar and lets get started.

Blues Rhythm Guitar Chords

This Rhythm is in the key of C. When you are playing the blues you are playing dominant 7 chords. So we are going to be playing the C7, G7, and F7. The Dominant 7 chords give you that bluesy sound. The 5 Chord is the G7 The 4 Chord is the F7 and the 1 chord is the C7. So if you are just strumming you are playing a 145 in the key of C. Look below at the chord diagrams to see how to play these chords. If you need help reading chord diagrams look at this quick reference.




See How to Place your fingers for the chords to this blues guitar Lesson.

C7 Finger Position

  • Place your first finger on the B string, at the first fret. (2nd string).
  • Your second finger is on the D string. 4th string, at the second fret.
  • Then your third finger is on the A string (5th string). At the third fret.
  • Place your pinky on the G string. (3rd string). At the 3rd fret.
  • When Strumming the C7 chord. Don’t play the 6th string.

G7 Finger Position

  • Place your first finger across all the strings at the 3rd fret
  • Your second finger is on the G string (3rd string). At the 4th fret.
  • And your third finger is on the A string (5th string). At the 5th fret.
  • Strum all the strings.

If that is two hard you can play the G7 in the first position like this:

  • Your first finger is on the first string at the 1st fret. (E string).
  • Your second finger is at the second fret of the 5th string. (A string).
  • Then place your third finger at the third fret of the 6th string. (E string).
  • Strum all the string.

Finger Position of the F7 Chord

  • Your first finger is across all the strings at the first fret.
  • Place your second finger on the 3rd string. (G string). At the second fret.
  • Then place your third finger on the 5th string. The A string, on the 3rd fret.
  • You can strum all the strings when playing the F#7 Bar Chord.

C9 Finger Position

  • Your second finger is at the 3rd fret of the A string. The 5th string.
  • Then your first finger is on the second fret of the D string. (4th string.
  • Place your third finger across the G and B string at the 3rd fret.
  • You need to hyper extend your third finger to cover the two strings.

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Blues Rhythm Guitar Riff

Usually when you play a song the root or the 1 chord. Is the first chord in the song. But we are going to start with a G7 chord. Also there is a C9 chord, which I will explain later on where your going to play that. For now take a look at the Chord Diagrams.

Here is the Riff we are going to be playing: The first part of this riff starts on the 3rd fret of the E string. The sixth string. Use your index finger to fret the E string, at the third fret. Which is a G note. If you want to learn how to know the notes on the finger board. And a lot more about open chord, barre chord blues chords and even some jazz chords.Take a look at what is in this Course.

Through out the riff you are picking the notes 2 times.

Then you are going to skip a string. And play the Octave of the G. Which is on the D string. Using your third finger fret the 5th fret of the 4th string. Remember to pick it two times. Check out the Related article to learn more about Octaves.

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After that your going to fret the 3rd fret still on the D string. Use your first finger to fret it. Then with your third finger go back down to the A string. Placing your third finger on the 5th string at the 5th fret. Picking it two times.

Practice this part of the Riff.


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Blues Rhythm Riff Step By Step

Okay we started with the 5 chord or the G. Now we are moving to the 4 chord. Which is the F7 chord. Playing the same riff. Now your going to start on the 1st fret of the E string. Which is the F note. Use your first finger to fret the first fret. Pick it two times. Next move up a string to the D string. Fretting the third fret on the D string, using your third finger. Every note is picked two times.

Then place your first finger on the D string. And fret the string at the first fret. Next reach down a string to the A string, with your third finger. Then fret the 3rd fret of the A string. Again picking the string two times.

Then your going to play the riff over the one chord. Which is the C. Start on the C note. Which is at the third fret on the A string. Once you have covered that string with your first finger, pick it two times. Next with your third finger fret the G string. (3rd string). At the 5th fret. And pick the string two times. Still on the G string, use your first finger to fret the third fret. And pick the G string two times. Then fret the D string (4th string). Using your third finger at the 5th fret, fret the D string. And just like the other notes you are going to pick the D string two times.


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F7 Riff

Stay on the C riff for 4 times through. Then the chord progression goes to the F7. Which means you are going to play the F7 Riff. Playing the same riff. Now your going to start on the 1st fret of the E string. Which is the F note. Use your first finger to fret the first fret. Pick it two times. Next move up a string to the D string. Fretting the third fret on the D string, use your third finger. Every note is picked two times.

Then place your first finger on the D string. And fret the string at the first fret. Then reach down a string to the A string, with your third finger. And fret the 3rd fret of the A string. Picking two times. Play that riff two times through. Then the progression moves to the C. And you want to play this one time through.

Start on the C note. Which is at the third fret on the A string. Once you have covered that string with your first finger, Pick it two times. Next with your third finger fret the G string. (3rd string). At the 5th fret. And pick the string two times. Still on the G string, use your first finger to fret the third fret. And pick the G string two times. Then fret the D string (4th string). Using your third finger at the 5th fret, fret the D string. And just like the other notes you are going to pick the D string two times.


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Playing the Riff Over the G7 Chord

Next you play the Riff over the G7 chord. One time through. this riff starts on the 3rd fret of the E string. The first string. Use your index finger to fret the E string at the third fret. Which is a G note. Remember through out the riff you are picking the notes 2 times.

Then you are going to skip a string. And play the Octave of the G. Which is on the D string. Using your third finger fret the 5th fret of the 4th string. Remember to pick it two times.

After that your going to fret the 3rd fret still on the D string. Use your first finger to fret it. Then with your third finger go back down to the A string. Placing your third finger on the 5th string at the 5th fret. Picking it two times.

Play the riff over the F chord. And back to the C Chord one time. Then Your going to play the C9 chord.


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Playing the C9 Chord in the Blues Rhythm

When you play the C9 you are going to strum one time and count 2 3 4. Then strum again. The 1 is the strum and then two three four. And then take that same finger position and move up have a step. Or up one fret. And strum that chord and move back down to the C9 chord. Which is one fret back to where you started and strum again.

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Walk up back to the F7

Then there is a cool little walk up to get you back to the F7. Where you can play again and again. This Rhythm is so cool. And so much fun to play. And really easy once you have practiced playing it. The walk up starts out on the third fret of the A string. And just like the other parts of this tune you are picking two times on each note. When your playing a note. So pick the C note two times. Then you move down to the first fret on the A string and play the Bb. Picking it two times. Then pick the open A string. Use your third finger to cover the G note at the third fret on the E string. The 6th string. Remembering to pick it two times. Then it goes back to the F7 Riff.


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Blues Rhythm Chord Progression

Start with the G7 , F7, C7. Playing the Riff one time through. Then stay on the C7 and play the Riff another 3 times. For a total of Four times.

Next the progression goes to the F7. Play the riff two times through. Go back to the C7 play the Riff two times through. Go back to the G7 F7 and the C7 one time through. Then your going to play the C9 Chord 2 times, and move up half a fret C#9 And back to the C9 strum once and twice. Next move up a fret to the C# strum once, back to the C9 Strum once and twice.

Then Play the Walk up. And play the F7 Riff. Then start at the beginning.


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The Blues rhythm Tab

To make this lesson easier for you. Be sure to get the Blues Rhythm Tab. This way when your ready to practice playing this Rhythm. You can whip out the Blues rhythm tab and start having fun.


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Related Questions

How to play an Easy Blues Rhythm

Playing the blues is so much fun. And if you want to be able to play a blues song from start to finish. Then take a look at the Easy Blues composition Video Lessons. I broke everything down step by step. So that each part is easy, and it builds on the next part. You will have so much fun, before you know it you will be playing a blues composition. See the Sale price Now!


What Are 3 Chords Used in the Blues?

Some of the coolest songs are the blues songs. 3 easy chords in the blues is the E7 A7 and the D7. And there are a lot of 145 chords in the blues. You can see some cool Blues chords here in Eric Clapton Acoustic Guitar songs to learn on guitar.